Commandment of the Hour

Message by Dr Kerim


In the statement by Pope Francis before the US Congress, “each son and daughter has responsibilities.” I would add that these responsibilities transcend national borders. I feel a sense of responsibility for my fellow citizens across the globe, as we are all members of one family; the family of humankind and the state of this planet is our common concern.

The current migration wave demands special attention as it concerns millions of people around the globe. The UN, alongside regional organizations has a heavy responsibility, requiring close cooperation and financial support. 

I salute the recent decision of the European Union to avail the UN refugee programs with much needed financial support. I would also like to commend all those who embraced the refugees at this very difficult time for Europe.

During my tenure as president of the UN General Assembly, I insisted on an active role the United Nations in carrying out preemptive measures of coping with global challenges like migration and climate change.

A pope seldom addresses the UN General Assembly. However, this moment calls for wisdom and determination as the world seems to be sliding deeper into major problems like escalating conflicts. Therefore, I fully subscribe to the critical message of Pope Francis which I would define as the “commandment of the hour,” that calls for a renewed willingness to make sacrifices for the common good.

Humanity needs solidarity between the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, race and religion. Within this context, it is worthwhile to note that Muslims across the globe recently celebrated Eid al-Adha, which is also a commitment to sacrifice for the greater good.

It is our moral and institutional obligation to reshape international organizations in order to facilitate the realization of our common human objectives.

26 September 2015